Missouri lawmakers pass ethics laws but fail on gift ban
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's GOP House speaker says lawmakers made progress toward changing the state's loose ethics laws but said he's disappointed a proposal to ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers died.
Speaker Todd Richardson on Friday touted passage of the state's first-ever waiting period on lawmakers becoming paid lobbyists.
Other laws passed in the 2016 legislative session include banning elected officials from hiring each other as paid political consultants. Lawmakers and others also will need to dissolve campaign funds before lobbying.
But a measure to limit gifts failed in the final days of session. Richardson says the first bill the House will pass next year will limit gifts.
Richardson and others have pushed to change ethics laws following Capitol scandals.
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